History Main / ChainedToARailway

6th Feb '18 2:57:04 AM foxley
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''ComicStrip/FootrotFlats''. After the Dog misses the game-winning catch in a cricket match because he falls asleep, Wal ties him the track for the sight screen and attempts to run the screen over the top of him.
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* Colmar railway station in France has an enormous stained glass window displaying one of these scenes. It is not clear why any railway company would think this was a good idea.
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* Creator/CharlesAddams, creator of ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'', parodied this in one of his cartoons in ''The New Yorker''. A pair of thugs are tying somebody to railroad tracks while a woman who lives alongside the tracks looks on and says "I don't mean to interrupt, but there hasn't been a train over that line in 18 years." Addams also did one where a [[DastardlyWhiplash Snidely Whiplash-type villain]] is seen headed down into a subway station with a bound and gagged heroine slung over one shoulder.
* A cartoon in a magazine showed several early 1900s suffragettes driving along and spotting a friend of theirs, an elegant lady who cheerfully waves her parasol at them... as she stands over the DastardlyWhiplash type ''she'' tied to the tracks. The driver comments that this is one of their "more militant sisters."
* In the "Sweet Caroline" arc in ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'', one of the attention getting murders committed by Sweet Caroline is to drug a famous actress and tie her to a railway track like a heroine from an old-time melodrama.
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* Played with in an old joke involving a guy discussing how he found a girl tied to a railroad track and, after untying her, had all sorts of sex with her. Upon being asked by the person he's talking with whether they had oral sex, the guy states, [[BlackComedy "Couldn't. Her head was missing."]]
* There was an old rhyme about a man [[http://chefsaraskitchen.blogspot.com/2007/01/there-was-man-now-please-take-note.html now please take note]], there was a man who had a goat. The goat ate three red shirts off the clothesline, prompting the man to tie the goat to the railroad track. Just as the train was approaching, the goat threw up the shirts, thus flagging down the train.
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* Parodied in a sketch on ''TheDaveAllenShow'': a villain ties the heroine to the railroad tracks and leaves her to be run over by "the Flying Scotsman". In this case, 'the Flying Scotsman' turns out to be a kilted Scotsman with wings strapped to his arms.

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* Parodied in a sketch on ''TheDaveAllenShow'': ''Series/TheDaveAllenShow'': a villain ties the heroine to the railroad tracks and leaves her to be run over by "the Flying Scotsman". In this case, 'the Flying Scotsman' turns out to be a kilted Scotsman with wings strapped to his arms.



* ''CassetaAndPlaneta'' had a sketch where they were tied to railroad tracks but the train stopped because of a railroad workers' strike.

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* ''CassetaAndPlaneta'' had ''Series/CassetaAndPlaneta'' has a sketch where they were are tied to railroad tracks tracks, but the train stopped stops because of a railroad workers' strike.



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* Parodied in ''Magazine/TheOnion'''s faux historical retrospective ''Our Dumb Century'', with an ad for a railway company claiming to feature "fewer mustache-twirling villains tying golden-haired maidens to our tracks" than any of its competitors, as such events are quite an inconvenience to passengers.
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* The Sue Fink song "Damsel In Distress" parodies this and the concept of the DamselInDistress in general. (Video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QyUnTWg0p8 here.]])

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* Featured in the third part of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJg9BALKLwo "Zorro est arrivé"]], a French comedy song by Henry Salvador, based on "Along Came Jones".
* The Sue Fink song "Damsel In in Distress" parodies this and the concept of the DamselInDistress in general. (Video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QyUnTWg0p8 here.]])



* Featured in the third part of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJg9BALKLwo "Zorro est arrivé"]], a French comedy song by Henry Salvador.



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* Creator/CharlesAddams, creator of ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'', parodied this in one of his cartoons in ''The New Yorker''. A pair of thugs are tying somebody to railroad tracks while a woman who lives alongside the tracks looks on and says "I don't mean to interrupt, but there hasn't been a train over that line in 18 years."
** Addams also did one where a [[DastardlyWhiplash Snidely Whiplash-type villain]] is seen headed down into a subway station with a bound and gagged heroine slung over one shoulder.
* A cartoon in a magazine showed several early 1900s suffragettes driving along and spotting a friend of theirs, an elegant lady who cheerfully waves her parasol at them ... as she stands over the DastardlyWhiplash type ''she's'' tied to the tracks. The driver comments that this is one of their "more militant sisters."
* In the "Sweet Caroline" arc in ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'', one of the attention getting murders committed by Sweet Caroline is to drug a famous actress and tie her to a railway track like a heroine from an old-time melodrama.

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* Creator/CharlesAddams, creator of ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'', parodied this in one of his cartoons in ''The New Yorker''. A pair of thugs are tying somebody Snidely Whiplash ties [[DamselInDistress Nell]] to the railroad tracks while a woman who lives alongside in one of the tracks looks on and says "I don't mean animated scenes from ''Pinball/TheAdventuresOfRockyAndBullwinkleAndFriends''
* Implied by "Polly Peril" mode in ''Pinball/CactusCanyon''. The player must make five ramp shots
to interrupt, but there hasn't been a rescue Miss Polly before the train over that line in 18 years."
** Addams also did one where a [[DastardlyWhiplash Snidely Whiplash-type villain]] is seen headed down into a subway station with a bound and gagged heroine slung over one shoulder.
* A cartoon in a magazine showed several early 1900s suffragettes driving along and spotting a friend of theirs, an elegant lady who cheerfully waves
crosses the playfield, but we never sees her parasol at them ... as she stands over the DastardlyWhiplash type ''she's'' tied to the tracks. The driver comments that this is one of their "more militant sisters."
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-->'''Miss Polly:''' I'm tied to
the "Sweet Caroline" arc in ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'', one of the attention getting murders committed by Sweet Caroline is to drug a famous actress and tie her to a railway track like a heroine from an old-time melodrama.and I can't get up!



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* Played with in an old joke involving a guy discussing how he found a girl tied to a railroad track and, after untying her, had all sorts of sex with her. Upon being asked by the person he's talking with whether they had oral sex, the guy states, [[BlackComedy "Couldn't. Her head was missing."]]
* There was an old rhyme about a man [[http://chefsaraskitchen.blogspot.com/2007/01/there-was-man-now-please-take-note.html now please take note]], there was a man who had a goat. The goat ate three red shirts off the clothesline, prompting the man to tie the goat to the railroad track. Just as the train was approaching, the goat threw up the shirts, thus flagging down the train.

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* Played Parodied in ''Magazine/TheOnion'''s faux historical retrospective ''Our Dumb Century'', with in an old joke involving ad for a guy discussing how he found a girl tied railway company claiming to a railroad track and, after untying her, had all sorts feature "fewer mustache-twirling villains tying golden-haired maidens to our tracks" than any of sex with her. Upon being asked by the person he's talking with whether they had oral sex, the guy states, [[BlackComedy "Couldn't. Her head was missing."]]
* There was
its competitors, as such events are quite an old rhyme about a man [[http://chefsaraskitchen.blogspot.com/2007/01/there-was-man-now-please-take-note.html now please take note]], there was a man who had a goat. The goat ate three red shirts off the clothesline, prompting the man inconvenience to tie the goat to the railroad track. Just as the train was approaching, the goat threw up the shirts, thus flagging down the train.passengers.



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* Colmar railway station in France has an enormous stained glass window displaying one of these scenes. It is not clear why any railway company would think this was a good idea.

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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Colmar railway station in France has an enormous stained glass window displaying one The No Way Out poster for 2012 had Wrestling/DanielBryan be the victim of these scenes. It is not clear why any railway company would think this was a good idea.at the hands of former love interest Wrestling/AJLee The coloring of the poster and the costumes of both played up the melodramatic stereotype of the act.



[[folder:Pinball]]
* Snidely Whiplash ties [[DamselInDistress Nell]] to the railroad tracks in one of the animated scenes from ''Pinball/TheAdventuresOfRockyAndBullwinkleAndFriends''
* Implied by "Polly Peril" mode in ''Pinball/CactusCanyon''. The player must make five ramp shots to rescue Miss Polly before the train crosses the playfield, but we never sees her tied to the tracks.
-->'''Miss Polly:''' "I'm tied to the track and I can't get up!"
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The No Way Out poster for 2012 had Wrestling/DanielBryan be the victim of this at the hands of former love interest Wrestling/AJLee The coloring of the poster and the costumes of both played up the melodramatic stereotype of the act.
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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': In the unfinished cartoon "Those Darn Cousins", Homestar's little cousins Preshy and Rafferty torture him when no one else is around. At one point, they tie him to [[http://www.hrwiki.org/w/images/6/60/Unfinished.png railroad tracks]].
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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': In the unfinished cartoon "Those Darn Cousins", Homestar's little cousins Preshy and Rafferty torture him when no one else is around. At one point, they tie him to [[http://www.hrwiki.org/w/images/6/60/Unfinished.png railroad tracks]].



* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight'', where the villain Snidely Whiplash is found to have this "thing" about tying ladies to railroad tracks. In one episode it's treated almost as [[FreudianExcuse a creepy, fetish-like obsession stemming from his lonely childhood.]] (Incidentally, he at one time not only tied three women to railroad tracks (including Nell), but also a man, Horse, Inspector Fenwick...and himself...)
* Parodied in ''Ninjago'', when Jay poses as a damsel in distress to find out the identity of Samurai X, AKA [[spoiler: Nya]].

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight'', where the villain Snidely Whiplash is found to have this "thing" about tying ladies to railroad tracks. In one episode it's treated almost as [[FreudianExcuse a creepy, fetish-like obsession stemming from his lonely childhood.]] (Incidentally, he at one time not only tied three women to railroad tracks (including Nell), but also a man, Horse, Inspector Fenwick... and himself...)
* Parodied in ''Ninjago'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Ninjago}}'', when Jay poses as a damsel in distress to find out the identity of Samurai X, AKA [[spoiler: Nya]].



* It also appeared in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' where a one-shot villain who specialized in nigh-unescapable death traps to extract information from his victims used a woman tied to the tracks as bait for Batman. [[spoiler: The woman turns out to be a hologram. The villain laughs at Batman for thinking he would have really done it.]]

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* It also appeared in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' where a one-shot villain who specialized in nigh-unescapable death traps to extract information from his victims used a woman tied to the tracks as bait for Batman. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The woman turns out to be a hologram. The villain laughs at Batman for thinking he would have really done it.]]



* Done in the ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'' episode,"The Good Old Days", a parody of old-timey cartoons. An old-timey version of Vicky is the bad guy, and she has Timmy's Grandpappy tied up. She attempts to put him on the train tracks, but it is crowded with similar villains. ("Beat it, Buster! ''We're'' working this side of the street!") She opts for a ConveyorBeltODoom at the local sawmill.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'':
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Done in the ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'' episode,"The episode "The Good Old Days", a parody of old-timey cartoons. An old-timey version of Vicky is the bad guy, and she has Timmy's Grandpappy tied up. She attempts to put him on the train tracks, but it is crowded with similar villains. ("Beat it, Buster! ''We're'' working this side of the street!") She opts for a ConveyorBeltODoom at the local sawmill.



* In ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle'', Tom Slick once entered a train race where the villain had tied Marigold to make Tom stop.
* {{Lampshaded}} in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' where the villainess does just this to Darkwing and Launchpad. DW lectures her for resorting to such and old cliche, but is forced to admit that while not terribly original, tying someone to a railroad track is indeed ''effective''.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle'', ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle'':
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Tom Slick once entered a train race where the villain had tied Marigold to make Tom stop.
** A ''Super Chicken'' episode has a melodrama villain actor believing he actually was a villain -- naturally, he takes the damsel actress to all the usual spots -- the railroad tracks, the sawmill, and the dynamite shack.
* {{Lampshaded}} in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' where the villainess does just this to Darkwing and Launchpad. DW lectures her for resorting to such and old cliche, cliché, but is forced to admit that while not terribly original, tying someone to a railroad track is indeed ''effective''.



* Played straight in the old ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' cartoon with Jubilee [[BoundAndGagged tied up]] on the subway tracks. [[spoiler: It was only a mental image of Jubilee implanted in {{Wolverine}}'s mind so he'd get splatted trying to save her, though.]]

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* Played straight in the old ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' cartoon with Jubilee [[BoundAndGagged tied up]] on the subway tracks. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It was only a mental image of Jubilee implanted in {{Wolverine}}'s ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'s mind so he'd get splatted trying to save her, though.]]



* A ''[[WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle Super Chicken]]'' episode had a melodrama villain actor believing he actually was a villain - naturally, he takes the damsel actress to all the usual spots - the railroad tracks, the sawmill, and the dynamite shack.
* The above-quoted ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' episode has Bebop and Rocksteady doing this to Splinter. Of course, Splinter is eventually saved and the train winds up destroyed (thanks to Rocksteady cutting the brakes.)

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* A ''[[WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle Super Chicken]]'' episode had a melodrama villain actor believing he actually was a villain - naturally, he takes the damsel actress to all the usual spots - the railroad tracks, the sawmill, and the dynamite shack.
* The above-quoted ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' Turtles|1987}}'' episode has Bebop and Rocksteady doing this to Splinter. Of course, Splinter is eventually saved and the train winds up destroyed (thanks to Rocksteady cutting the brakes.)



* Shows up in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Miscellaneous Disney Short|s}}'' ''The Brave Engineer''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Pinkie Pie has an ImagineSpot of this happening to her. Notably, this may well be the first instance of the trope where both victim and perpetrator were actually ''on'' the train.

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* %%* Shows up in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Miscellaneous Disney Short|s}}'' ''The Brave Engineer''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Pinkie Pie has an ImagineSpot of this happening to her. Notably, this may well be the first instance of the trope where both victim and perpetrator were are actually ''on'' the train.



* A mass version of this trope is used in Book Four ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' to make AnOfferYouCantRefuse. Kuvira uses [[ExtraOreDinary metalbending]] to attach a group of bandits' wrists to a set of train tracks. Either they take the chance for 'rehabilitation' and pledge their allegiance to her, or she'll simply leave them behind. They take the offer.

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* A mass version of this trope is used in Book Four ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' to make AnOfferYouCantRefuse. Kuvira uses [[ExtraOreDinary metalbending]] to attach a group of bandits' wrists to a set of train tracks. Either they take the chance for 'rehabilitation' "rehabilitation" and pledge their allegiance to her, or she'll simply leave them behind. They take the offer.



* In ''WesternAnimation/MarvelsSpiderMan'', Peter does this to himself accidentally. During a fight in the subway, he gets knocked into a tunnel wall - and the impact damages his web-shooter, pinning him there with webbing just as a train approaches. He uses the other shooter to throw a lever that makes the train change tracks.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MarvelsSpiderMan'', Peter does this to himself accidentally. During a fight in the subway, he gets knocked into a tunnel wall - -- and the impact damages his web-shooter, pinning him there with webbing just as a train approaches. He uses the other shooter to throw a lever that makes the train change tracks.
26th Jan '18 2:28:04 AM foxley
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* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/MacGyver'': [=MacGyver=] and an old man he is protecting are knocked out and tied to a railroad track by the villain; however, the railroad track is just a film studio prop, and the purpose is to scare the old man (who suffers from a heart condition) into having a heart attack.

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* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/MacGyver'': ''Series/MacGyver1985'': [=MacGyver=] and an old man he is protecting are knocked out and tied to a railroad track by the villain; however, the railroad track is just a film studio prop, and the purpose is to scare the old man (who suffers from a heart condition) into having a heart attack.
14th Jan '18 2:38:58 PM nombretomado
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* In the {{Manhwa}} ''LetDai'', Dai does this to Jaehee after he considers him to have spurned his love.

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* In the {{Manhwa}} ''LetDai'', ''Manhwa/LetDai'', Dai does this to Jaehee after he considers him to have spurned his love.
8th Jan '18 7:58:11 AM Cryoclaste
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* In ''[[NancyDrew The Haunted Carousel]]'', the villain arranges for Nancy to get her foot trapped between the rails of a roller coaster's tracks, and she must free herself before being splattered by the oncoming train of cars.

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* In ''[[NancyDrew ''[[VideoGame/NancyDrew The Haunted Carousel]]'', the villain arranges for Nancy to get her foot trapped between the rails of a roller coaster's tracks, and she must free herself before being splattered by the oncoming train of cars.
16th Dec '17 8:54:02 PM nombretomado
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** There was also a scene in the series pilot from ''Fanfic/OhYeahCartoons'', in which Vicky was tied on railroad tracks, with Cosmo as the train, Wanda as the engineer, and Timmy as the old-timey villain (complete with black top hat and mustache!)

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** There was also a scene in the series pilot from ''Fanfic/OhYeahCartoons'', ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons'', in which Vicky was tied on railroad tracks, with Cosmo as the train, Wanda as the engineer, and Timmy as the old-timey villain (complete with black top hat and mustache!)
16th Dec '17 8:53:34 PM nombretomado
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** There was also a scene in the series pilot from ''OhYeahCartoons!'', in which Vicky was tied on railroad tracks, with Cosmo as the train, Wanda as the engineer, and Timmy as the old-timey villain (complete with black top hat and mustache!)

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** There was also a scene in the series pilot from ''OhYeahCartoons!'', ''Fanfic/OhYeahCartoons'', in which Vicky was tied on railroad tracks, with Cosmo as the train, Wanda as the engineer, and Timmy as the old-timey villain (complete with black top hat and mustache!)
22nd Nov '17 10:42:46 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* Played straight in the [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders third part]] of the manga ''Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' when Joseph and Abdul are both magnetized to one of the rails (and each other) by their enemy. Of course, Abdul could have just melted away the rail with his power over fire, but since it would derail the oncoming train, they had to be a bit more clever in their escape.

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* Played straight in the [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders third part]] of the manga ''Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' when Joseph and Abdul are both magnetized to one of the rails (and each other) by their enemy. Of course, Abdul could have just melted away the rail with his power over fire, but since it would derail the oncoming train, they had to be a bit more clever in their escape.
5th Nov '17 12:26:04 PM Kickisund
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'', this was Bluto's first very first method of capturing Olive. There he tied her up ''with the tracks''. Olive Oyl would pull her arms out of the constricting tracks to wave and holler, then ''put them back into the tracks''. How does Popeye save her? By ''punching the train into scrap with '''''one''''' blow!''

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'', this was Bluto's first very first method of capturing Olive. There When he tied her up ''with the tracks''. tracks'', Olive Oyl would pull her arms out of the constricting tracks to wave and holler, then ''put them back into the tracks''. How does Popeye save her? By ''punching the train into scrap with '''''one''''' blow!''
19th Oct '17 6:06:24 AM Joyce13
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* This trope is referenced in the song "The Happiest Home in These Hills" from ''Film/PetesDragon1977", with the two sons in the Gogan family singing (among the many awful things they plan to do to Pete for running away) "Tie him screaming to a railroad track".

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* This trope is referenced in the song "The Happiest Home in These Hills" from ''Film/PetesDragon1977", ''Film/PetesDragon1977'', with the two sons in the Gogan family singing (among the many awful things they plan to do to Pete for running away) "Tie him screaming to a railroad track".
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